Seven glorious French country houses for sale
Carla Passino selects seven magnificent houses for sale in the southwest of France.
Lot-et-Garonne, €1.89m (about £1.58m)
The Château du Fréchou rises above the Gascon countryside of Nérac and offers long views of the Pyrenees from its towers. Originally dating from 1280, with additions from the 16th century, it retains many beautiful features, including a stone staircase, open fireplaces and a library in the northeast tower. Despite its grandeur, it’s manageable in size, with five bedrooms and around 6,400 square feet of living space.
Outside are a range of outbuildings, including a dovecote and orangery, as well as formal gardens, a walnut orchard and land totaling just under 17½ acres.
Knight Frank 020–7861 1139; www.knightfrank.com
Gironde, €5.775m (about £4.8m)
An ideal home for a winemaker, this chateau in Blaye covers over 160 hectares of land, around 123 of which are occupied by vines, with facilities already in place to make Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux wine.
The 6,243 square foot interior, with its dramatic staircase, vaulted dining room, and tower bedrooms, matches the beauty of the grounds. The castle also has a swimming pool, stables and a caretaker’s house.
Leggett Prestige 0870 011 5151; www.leggettprestige.com
Dordogne, €1.26m (about £1.05m)
Only 15 minutes from Bergerac airport, this beautiful property is not only beautiful, but also versatile. The Escalation House has eight bedrooms and a self-contained apartment on the ground floor, then there is a charming two bedroom pigeonnier and additional accommodation which can be rented in its entirety or as a chambre d’hote.
The lush 5¼ acre grounds include a lake, heated pool and all-weather tennis court.
Savills Beaux Villages Immobilier 00 33 556 713 659; www.savills.com; and house hunts 020–8144 5501; www.home-hunts.com
Gers, €3.71m (about £3.1m)
Built in the early 19th century, this chateau near Auch has it all: graceful architecture, views so long they stretch to the Pyrenees and an enchanting setting in over 20 hectares of formal gardens , woods and paddocks. The interior matches the elegance of the facade, with marble fireplaces, coffered ceilings, striking parquet and tiling, and a winding staircase with a carved balustrade.
There are eight bedrooms – the master suite, with its fitted dressing room is particularly impressive – plus a fully insulated attic ready for conversion. The annex buildings house a guesthouse and a wellness complex with swimming pool, hot tub and sauna.
Christie’s International Real Estate 00 33 689 010 520; www.christiesrealestate.com
Dordogne, €2.6m (about £2.173m)
French charm permeates every corner of this traditional Périgord mansion in Le Bugue, whose origins date back to the 12th century. There are exposed beams and ancient stone floors, massive fireplaces and stone walls – plus additional accommodation in the form of two gites, a dovecote and two barns.
The park is, if possible, even more beautiful: patiently maintained for 30 years, it includes a pavilion with fishing fountains and an ornamental pond, landscaped gardens with finely trimmed topiaries, as well as two saltwater pools heated, tennis court, vegetable and herb gardens and orchard.
Christie’s International Real Estate 00 33 674 272 686; www.christiesrealestate.com
Lot, €1.7745 million (about £1.477 million)
For a golf course of your own, head to this charming house in Cahors. Built in Quercy stone and enlivened by pretty blue shutters, it not only has a panoramic tower, a swimming pool and a lake but also a nine-hole course, all on around 15 hectares of land. partly wooded. Large fireplaces, exposed stone walls and old frameworks give a special atmosphere to the living space, which is divided between a main house with four bedrooms, a guest house and a dovecote. There is also a large renovated barn and a pétanque court.
House hunts 020–8144 5501; www.home-hunts.com
Gironde, €1.775m (about £1.477m)
Careful restoration has brought this 17th-century mansion and its long-dormant vineyards back to life near Saint-Émilion, one of France’s wine capitals. The bright interior is beautifully finished with wooden floors, beautiful fireplaces and exposed stonework, but still has spaces that can be adapted to suit a buyer’s needs. The 39½ acre plot includes approximately 27 acres of vines, plus seven more that could be planted. The winemaking equipment is new and in place and there is a swimming pool which offers a beautiful view of the vineyard.
Bordeaux Sotheby’s International Realty 00 33 556 796 362; www.sothebysrealty.com
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